Winter Basics

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Hi guys! I hope everyone has had a wonderful time with friends and family the past couple of days. I certainly have, and there are a few more cosy moments coming up! Temperatures have slowly but surely here in Belgium and yesterday it finally started snowing. Perfect timing, I have to say, because I was cooking dinner for my wonderful friends all day. I only enjoy snow when I’m inside or somewhere in a ski hut.

With the temperature drop comes a winter ready look. A thicker sweater, my favorite coat and faux fur lined sneakers. Never knew how much difference that could make, but my feet are most certainly warmer and happier! I’m never really a fan of snow boots or anything like that, so these sleek winter-ready Keds are perfect for me. What are your tricks for surviving the winter cold?

Acne jeans // Mardi Jeudi scarf via Lily and the Lady // Nioi sweater via Lily and the Lady // Just in Case coat via Lily and the Lady (not on the site but drop us a line if you’re interested) // Miu Miu bag via Roermond Designer Outlet (read more about the outlet here) // Keds Sneakers (available here)

 

Designer dreams with Sevens Ghent

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bag: Balenciaga Le Dix at Sevens

I guess it’s no secret by now that I absolutely love the finer things in fashion. A well-made coat, perfectly crafted shoe or designer bag gets my heart rate up in a second. My dear friend Nathalie has become my number one partner in crime when it comes to sharing the love for luxury fashion, so when she asked me to be part of this project she was working on with Sevens, I couldn’t help myself from screaming “YES!”.

Sevens is a sublime boutique in Ghent that has been offering a well-curated selection of designer bags for the past 30 years and has just recently opened a footwear store. We had the honor to shoot some of the most eye-catching designs of the season and do an interesting Q&A with Karin Sevens, the founder and driving force behind Sevens. Read on to discover the story behind this lovely shop and learn all about the evolution in the world of luxury leather goods over the years.

Oh and get ready for some serious designer goods craving. I’m absolutely in love with the Balenciaga Le Dix pictured above, not to mention those Balenciaga shoes (wow!). What’s your favorite?

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bag: Fendi 3Jours at Sevens //jacket: Essentiel // Lies Wambacq earrings // top: Magdalena ss15 (available next spring) // pants: Mih
bag: Chloé Drew at Sevens // coat: COS // shirt: Arrow // pants: & Other Stories

Can you give us a quick history of Sevens in bullet points? 

  • April 1985: OPENING in 1985 starting with the following brands: Il Bisonte. Ferre, Krizia, Valentino, Trussardi & De Vecchi
  • 1992: Prada was added to the collection
  • 2001: Bottega Veneta and Gucci as newcomers
  • 2008: extension and renovation of the store
  • 2008: Chloé and Balenciaga, the first non Italian brands were added
  • 2014: Opening of the footwear boutique

shoes: Balenciaga at Sevens
fringe bag: Miu Miu at Sevens // dress: Scapa Sport // hat: & Other Stories

What made you decide to open up shop in Ghent about 30 years ago? Where did your love for luxury leather goods come from?

From my mother I inherited the love for beauty and quality in materials, fabrics and tastes. As a child, I was stunned by everything I saw at the couturier where my mom had her clothes made: the fabrics, the buttons, the pin cushions, the ‘toiles’, all the details… I just couldn’t get enough of it. She also chose her bags with the utmost detail and care. In the 50’s and 60’s you only had a few bags, for life. I remember a beautiful black croco bag and a taupe suède Gucci bag.

After studying Art History, my love for all things design grew even more. My mother passed away. And I decided with the help of my husband, Hugo, to start up a designer bag boutique in the spirit of her elegance. There wasn’t much to find on the Belgian market until then. Only things such as Delvaux, Vuitton, Chanel and Hermès.

I’ve always had a deep love for Italy and so it was my biggest source of inspiration for accessories at that moment. Gianfranco Ferré was the first to create an accessories and bags collection completely isolated from his couture line at that moment. I knew I had to introduce Italian leather goods into Ghent, my hometown. It’s always been my goal to bring refinement in quality and design into the life of my clients. In 1991 Muiccia Prada was the example of dazzling creativity and had to become a part of Sevens. In the years to come I added even more Italian names such as Gucci, Bottega Veneta and Fendi to our offering. Chloé and Balenciaga, two French houses, bring a flair of nonchalance and a young accent to our store.

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bag: Balenciaga at Sevens // bracelet: Balenciaga at Sevens // blue pumps: Gianvito Rossi at Sevens // shirt: COS // pants: Isabel Marant pour H&M
bag: Chloé Dalston at Sevens // jacket: Essentiel

What is your all time favorite bag?

The Bowling bag from Prada from the year 2000 & the large Peekaboo bag from Fendi.

You have seen a lot of change in the industry over the years. Tell us about the evolution of the luxury fashion industry.

One of my friends, Pieter Coene, won the “Gouden Spoel” when graduating from the Fashion Academy of Antwerp. I remember one of his statements: he was afraid of the temporary, the volatility of the concept ‘fashion’. He refused to become part of the rat race of commercial fashion. His career has taken another turn these days. I sometimes fear that fashion has become a snake that eats its own tale. Seasons follow each other faster and faster. The intrinsic value of a creation and the materials it’s made of are declining year after year. Such a shame, because a lot of craftsmanship and love go into them. I hope that one day, the slow fashion movement will gain importance and the value of a design will be restored. I see a lot of clients who still appreciate timeless design and long-lasting commitment to the things they buy.

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bag: Prada at Sevens // dress: Attic And Barn
bag: Chloé Drew at Sevens // coat: COS // shirt: Arrow

What has changed in the retail industry and on client level in Belgium over the years? How do you, as an expert, see this evolve in the future?

The rise of e-commerce has changed a lot in this business. I used to be able to surprise my clients with new styles, new materials. Now they already know the collections from the internet, instagram etc. They know exactly what they come looking for in store. I’m convinced that, when it comes to investments as big as designer bags, you have to feel, smell and try it on for size. The olfactory of a bag can never be illustrated online as in real life. I love being able to give people the right advice based on my personal expertise and see them walking out of my store with the face of a child on Christmas morning: with the gift of a lifetime. Something the internet will never be able to replace.

What advice do you give women when they come looking for a new or first designer bag?

There’s no magical formula for selling someone a designer bag. It’s a very personal story and it takes years of expertise and insight into the style and psyche of women to get it right. I look at the personal style and appearance of a woman. Based on that, their story and preferences I make a suggestion. I do the same for men who come looking for a bag to gift to their loved one. I ask them to describe her as good as possible. I love it when people return with pleasure to the store because they remember my good and honest advice. There’s nothing more rewarding, than making the right choice together with my clients. I always try to send them out the door with a timeless bag that’ll last a lifetime and feels like it’s made for them.

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bag: Fendi 3Jours at Sevens //jacket: Essentiel // Lies Wambacq earrings// top: Magdalena ss15 (available next spring) // pants: Mih
bag: Chloé Dalston at Sevens // jacket: Essentiel // skirt: vintage Gerard Darel // shoes : Zign at Zalando
bag: Chloé Drew at Sevens // shoes: Gianvito Rossi at Sevens

Why do people like Sevens? What has made them come over for about 30 years now you think? What is your magical ingredient?

I think it’s the personal bond you build with your clients. As I said before, this is very personal and requires some expertise. I hope people feel that I make it my goal to send them home with the perfect bag. I never try to force a sale on someone. I seek to handle my business in an honest and passionate way. People who like that approach will notice and come back time and time again.

What are the future bag trends according to you?

When it comes to materials, I don’t see a lot of big innovations. Whether it’s the lack of time or that brands don’t want to take to many risks these days, leather is the main focus all around. Young designers have a lot of great ideas, but on the other hand, lack the financial means. People also prefer to invest in a leather bag, it makes them feel like they get their money’s worth. No harm in that either, leather is still one of the most beautiful, strong and versatile materials to work with. When it comes to styles: the more the merrier! We are seeing this micro trend of micro bags at the moment, but that won’t last for long in my opinion. Every brand has a wide variety in shapes and sizes and it seams like they will be keeping that up in the seasons to come. Of course certain styles will be more popular at certain moments, but in the end, they all stay equally interesting. I look at bags as a “lifetime” thing, those will be the ones you’ll find at Sevens.

You recently expanded your business into luxury footwear as well. Do you think shoes and bags should match? Do you base your selections on that thought? Or do you simply fall in love with individual bag and shoe designs?

It’s nice if bags and shoes match, but it’s not an issue if they don’t. When I select my items, I fall in love with every single piece I buy. I trust my gut feeling. And in the end, isn’t it easier to sell something you truly love, than something you picked for mere style reasons? It’s all about elegance and quality, those things will always combine like a charm.

Which bag would you recommend to young fashionable women like us? What should we invest in and why?

It’s very hard to state this for a group of women. As explained higher up in this interview, I base my advice on very personal parameters. I suggest you come and pay a visit to our store to find out what will be your personal, perfect bag. I’ll be glad to make time for you.

fringe bag: Miu Miu at Sevens // dress: Scapa Sport // hat: & Other Stories
bag: Prada at Sevens // dress: Attic And Barn

You can visit Sevens at: Henegouwenstraat 38 9000 Ghent.

Mon 2 pm – 6 pm
Tue-Sat 11 am – 6pm.

Make sure to follow them on Instagram and Facebook!

Thank you to the Sevens team for this lovely collab and to Nathalie for involving me and doing the interview!

Photos by the ever so talented Michiel Pelerents.

My Lily And The Lady Shoot!

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When it comes to the shoots for my webshop Lily and the Lady, we’ve used everything from models to friends to star in our lookbooks, but in the 4,5 years we’ve been online, this is the first time I’ve been in front of the lens for one of them. The pictures were published last week and I’m oh so happy with the results, so I couldn’t resist sharing them here with you! Hope you like them!

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Whiite top // Whiite trousers

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Attic & Barn dress // Lucuix earrings

 

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Nice Things top //Just In Case skirt

 

Photography by Michiel Pelerents

Video by Sarah Bourguignon

Styling by me

Big thanks to Nathalie from The Merrymakers & Dieter Vander Velpen

In Gracia

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Outfit number three from Barcelona: A maxi dress, hat and my trusted comfy All Stars, the footwear I never travel without. I wore this one on day three of our trip while exploring Gracia and Eixample. Time has been going by so fast, it’s already been three weeks since our blissful break! Luckily, we have something planned for the end of this month as well, prevents me from getting restless! Hope you guys are having a wonderful monday!

In Gracia via noglitternoglory.com

In Gracia via noglitternoglory.com

In Gracia via noglitternoglory.com

In Gracia via noglitternoglory.com

In Gracia via noglitternoglory.com

Attic & Barn Silk Slip dress // COS top // Hoss Intropia Necklace via Lily and the Lady (sold out)// H&M hat // All Stars // & Other stories bag

 

Sunday

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 We’ve been blessed with amazing fall weather this weekend here in Antwerp, although I have to admit that I only left the house for a couple of hours today to go out to brunch with my boyfriend, the rest of the day was sadly spent indoors finishing up some work. Less sad: the 2 hours and 45 minutes I spent watching Boyhood. That movie was every bit as entrancing as I hoped it would be. It’s like looking back in time, so recognizable. Very happy I finally watched it! Have you guys seen the movie yet?

When I did leave the house, I chose comfort with my favorite jumpsuit, leather jacket and Keds. Perfect for the weekend!

   

PS: How much do these kitty cat Keds look like George? It’s like having a reminder of him on my feet. Oh here’s a bonus pic of grumpy George below. He wasn’t in the best mood today!

Hoss Intropia Jumpsuit via Lily and the Lady (sold out, worn before here) // River Island leather jacket // Nice Things scarf via Lily and the Lady (sold out, worn before here)  // Earrings from Barcelona // Ray Ban Sunnies // Vintage bag // Keds “Sneaky cat” sneakers

 

Feels like fall

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Fall look via noglitternoglory.com

I have a couple more outfits from Barcelona, but when I look outside, this fall outfit seems more weather appropriate. The coat I’m wearing is actually my aunt’s. I found it in my grandmother’s house years ago and I’ve been wearing it occasionally, but for some reason, this fall I’ve been drawn to it a lot! It’s probably because I’m feeling a bit inspired by the seventies lately, and the cut and lapels of this piece really fit that style (well, duh!).

Onto some newer items! The dotted shirt from Nice Things is a new favorite from my webshop. It’s quirky but still sophisticated and I love the combination of the bigger and smaller dots. The scarf is from the same brand (sold out, unfortunately). Oh and then there are the boots. The boots are so perfect. They were gifted to me by Sam Edelman and are the softest leather and perfect height. Really, a perfect basic! I’ve been “saving” them for a while, because I knew they’d be facing heavy rotation once I’d worn them. And I was right, you’ll be seeing a lot of them on the blog. Have you guys found the perfect winter boot yet?

Fall look via noglitternoglory.com

Fall look via noglitternoglory.com

Fall look via noglitternoglory.com

Fall look via noglitternoglory.com

Pictures by Eline.

Vintage coat from my aunt// Vintage bag from my grandmother  (seen before here)// Malababa earrings// dyed Uniqlo jeans (seen before here)// Boots c/o Sam Edelman  //Nice Things scarf via Lily and the Lady (sold out) //Nice Things shirt via Lily and the Lady

Birthday Attire

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Back from Barcelona and already wishing I was still there… Here’s the outfit I wore on the best birthday I had in a while. Being out of the country definitely should be some sort of tradition from now on, it was absolutely wonderful. On the agenda: soaking up sunshine, urban exploring (here I am at Jardi Botanic) & a lot of eating and drinking. Just perfect.

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River Island Jacket // Best Behavior bag // Graumann top (sold out) via Lily and the Lady // Acne Jeans // Isabel Marant Dicker boots //Anne Zellien & Twikit necklace // Wouters & Hendrix necklace // Earrings from NY // Ray Ban sunnies

 

Hola from Barcelona

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Little black dress and dicker boots via noglitternoglory.com

Just a quick & happy hello from sunny Barcelona! Being here always brings me so much joy, it reminds me of the beginning of my relationship with my boyfriend, when I lived in this wonderful city for some time. So far we’ve discovered some new places, had amazing food, met up for drinks with Michael and Anouk and enjoyed our first night in Praktik Bakery hotel. We’re off to enjoy the sunshine now, I hope you have a wonderful sunday!

Little black dress and dicker boots via noglitternoglory.com

Little black dress and dicker boots via noglitternoglory.com

Little black dress and dicker boots via noglitternoglory.com

Sportmax Dress // & Other Stories bag//Anne Zellien & Twikit necklace // Wouters & Hendrix necklace // Earrings from NY // Vintage pin //Ray Ban Clubmaster sunnies //Isabel Marant dicker boots // Clinique Pink with a purpose lipstick

The Basics

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Sometimes you don’t need anything more than a few good basics to feel good! Most of these items have been in my wardrobe for years now, like my trusted Comptoir des Cottoniers blazer & Marc by Marc Jacobs bag, both purchased on an epic shopping trip in Paris with my mom and they have served as staple pieces in my wardrobe ever since!

But then there’s some new stuff as well… My beautiful Max Mara glasses from GrandOptical, my new hair (this is what it looks like when I let it air dry), a basic tee from COS and these perfect everyday ankle booties. The boots are designed by fellow blogger Afrodite for Sacha and I’ve received so many compliments wearing them. They are the perfect height for running around town and I love the padded detailing on the back. Good job Afro! They’re in store now so get them while you can!

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Acne trousers // The Fashion Folio for Sasha shoes // COS Tee // Marc by Marc Jacobs bag // Comptoir des cottoniers jacket // Max Mara via GrandOptical glasses

Old & New

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A long time ago I wore this jacket here, and after more than 3 years in my closet, I still love it. The seams, the cut, the buttery soft leather, it’s perfection! What I love about timeless pieces like this jacket, is that when you pair them with new items like these trousers and this top by Whiite, they can feel brand new. Ever since I’ve started investing more in my wardrobe, I feel like my items feel like new for longer. Take my Acne Star boots for example, I’ve had these babies for almost two years but it feels like I just got them.

I’ve been waiting for these trousers to arrive at the shop for a long time and was so pleased that they fit me perfectly! Get used to seeing them because I’ll sure be wearing them a lot this season.

 

Pictures by Marijs.

Whiite top (sold out) & trousers via Lily and the Lady // Best Behavior Jacket // Dries Van Noten shoes // & other stories bag // & other stories bracelet // bracelet from Mali